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2010 World‘s Warmest Year
According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2010 could finish as the warmest year on record. The January to October period was equally as warm as the first 10 months of 1998 which had the highest combined land and ocean surface temperature of any year based on NOAA records dating back to 1880.
The La Nina climate pattern in the Pacific Ocean is a significant factor in global ocean temperatures. Global carbon dioxide emissions the main contributor to global warming show no sign of abating and may reach record levels in 2010. The study found that despite the major financial crisis hitting the world last year, global C02 emissions from the burning of fossil fuel in 2009 were only 1.3 % below the record 2008 figures.
The study projects that if economic growth proceeds as expected global fossil fuel emissions will increase by 3% in 2010.